With Radiant Energy Sensitive Control Means Patents (Class 315/149)
  • Patent number: 10706295
    Abstract: A system includes a light source configured to emit light in a wavelength in a visible range and a wavelength in an infrared range, and a vehicle including an infrared camera, and a computer programmed to identify an object based at least in part on an infrared image from the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Codrin Cionca, Helen Elizabeth Kourous-Harrigan, Jeffrey Thomas Remillard, Ankit Girish Vora, Lu Xu, Linjun Zhang
  • Patent number: 10707279
    Abstract: Provided is a method of sensing an illuminance in a passive matrix organic light emitting diode display, the display including a plurality of lower electrode patterns arranged in parallel, a plurality of transparent electrode patterns arranged in parallel and being perpendicular to the lower electrode patterns, and an organic compound layer interposed between the lower electrode pattern and the transparent electrode pattern, the method comprising steps of: (a) forming a predetermined voltage difference between at least one electrode patterns of the transparent electrode patterns as anodes and the lower electrode patterns as cathodes; (b) measuring the magnitude of current formed by the transparent electrode pattern and the lower electrode pattern in the step (a); and (c) measuring an illuminance using the measured current, in which a voltage supplied to the lower electrode pattern is relatively higher than that of the transparent electrode pattern in the step (a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Solomon Systech (Shenzhen) Limited
    Inventors: Hong Jae Jang, Hyung-Cheol Shin, Il-Hyun Yun, Wai Hon Ng, Yi Nok Chan, King Ho Cheung, Yip Fai Li
  • Patent number: 10694612
    Abstract: A load control system has a system controller and a plurality of load control devices which receive power from a utility power source. The load control system has at least one emergency load control device which receives power from a backup power source in the event of a power failure of the utility power source. The emergency load control device is configured to enter an emergency mode during the power failure of the utility power source, wherein in the emergency mode, the emergency load control device controls respective electrical loads according to emergency mode preset settings, and the emergency load control device transmits a message to the system controller to indicate the emergency load control device is in the emergency mode. The system controller is configured to transmit a message to the emergency load control device to exit the emergency mode when power from the utility power source is restored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: David J. Dolan, Jackson Burlew, Aditya Sreekumar, Andrew G. Rohm
  • Patent number: 10694598
    Abstract: A control device for power delivered to electrical loads in a load control system via respective load control devices may comprise a programming user interface for programming the operation of the load control system. The control device may be configured to select one or more load control devices in response to successive actuations of a programming button of the programming interface. The control device may be configured to controllably illuminate visual indicators of the programming interface to indicate which of the load control devices is selected in response to successive actuations of the programming button. The control device may transmit programming information to the load control devices. The programming information may determine which of the load control devices are responsive to a digital message transmitted on the digital communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: James P. Steiner
  • Patent number: 10694603
    Abstract: An LED driver circuit is disclosed. The LED driver circuit includes an amplifier having a first input coupled to receive a reference voltage and a second input coupled to receive a feedback voltage. The circuit further includes first and second transistors each having respective gate terminals coupled to an output of the first amplifier. In a first mode, a first switch alternately couples a source terminal of the first transistor to the second input of the amplifier (when the pulse is asserted) and a source terminal of the second transistor to the second input (when the pulse is de-asserted). A third transistor includes a gate terminal that is coupled to ground, by a second switch, when operating in the first mode. When operating in the second mode, the switch couples the third transistor to the output of the amplifier, while the pulse remains asserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Cristian Grecu, Bogdan-Eugen Matei, Angelo Bassi, Andrei-Cosmin Gaidam, Alessandro Molari
  • Patent number: 10672590
    Abstract: Frequency tuning for a matchless plasma source is described. To perform the frequency tuning, current is measured at an output of an amplification circuit of the matchless plasma source after a change in a frequency of operation of the matchless plasma source. Upon determining that the current has increased with the change in the frequency of operation, the frequency of operation is further changed until the current has decreased. When the current has decreased, the changed frequency of operation is further modified to be an operational frequency. When the matchless plasma source operates at the operational frequency, the current at the output of the amplification circuit is maximized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Maolin Long, Yuhou Wang, Ying Wu, Alex Paterson
  • Patent number: 10666455
    Abstract: Devices in a wireless network, such as wirelessly networked lighting devices, utilize two different types of radios, e.g. implementing two or more protocols such as Bluetooth and WiFi. Such radios operate in overlapping frequency bands of the RF spectrum. Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) of the two types of radio operations mitigates interference between the protocols competing in the spectrum overlap. In the examples with lighting devices, a driver of the light source provides a data bus that may be used as an auxiliary communications channel to implement TDM access by the radios to the overlapping frequency bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Marc Saes, Sajin George, Yenpao Lu
  • Patent number: 10644871
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and storage media for synchronizing network devices are disclosed herein. An embodiment may include sending a control signal to each of multiple devices that have device operations that are perceptible together, the control signal to control the perceptible device operation of each device. Timing information may be received from each device indicating timing of perceptible operation of the device relative to the control signal. Synchronizing control signals may be determined from the timing information to control the device operations to be perceptibly synchronous, and the synchronizing control signals may be sent to the devices to provide perceptibly synchronous operation of them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexis Menard, Thiago J. Macieira
  • Patent number: 10624185
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a lighting system for illuminating an area, specifically where the lighting system is adapted for automatic control of an illumination pattern based on previous user behavior and dependent on a current sunrise and sunset time at a physical location of the illumination system. The invention also relates to a corresponding method and a computer program product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: PLEJD AB
    Inventor: Babak Esfahani
  • Patent number: 10619415
    Abstract: Intelligent building control systems utilize sky information from a camera or cameras to facilitate control of building systems such as lighting, motorized window coverings, electrochromic glazings, HVAC systems, and so forth. Based on the sky information, interior lighting intensity and/or color temperature may be modified, for example in order to achieve a desired circadian effect for building occupants. In this manner, energy efficiency and occupant comfort and convenience are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: MECHOSHADE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen P. Hebeisen, Alex Greenspan, Joel Berman
  • Patent number: 10619825
    Abstract: A sunlight-simulating sunlight lamp is provided, including a plurality of first LEDs, second LEDs and third LEDs installed on a printed circuit board in an even distribution; a holder provided with a control unit and a power supplier; and a lampshade made of a translucent material and mounted on the holder to form a space between the holder and the lampshade. The printed circuit board is received in the space. The plurality of first LEDs, second LEDs and third LEDs have respective color temperatures, and the control unit controls respectively the brightness of the plurality of first LEDs, second LEDs and third LEDs. The LED sunlight lamp provided can stimulate daylight of a day through changing the color temperature and brightness of the LEDs, making the lighting to be more like natural sunlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: AGU Baby AG
    Inventor: Andrei Hula
  • Patent number: 10621836
    Abstract: An illumination system and method is provided for readily mapping a plurality of scenes along a dimcurve form a natural show for one or more groups of LED illumination devices. Mapping can be performed using a graphical user interface on a remote controller wirelessly linked to the illumination devices. A keypad is preferably configured for button control of changes to color temperature as a function of brightness along each of the various dimcurves for each of the various groups of illumination devices controlled by a corresponding keypad to allow momentary or persistent override and reprogram of the natural show. Modification to a scene further comprises modifications to scenes before and after the currently modified scene to provide a smoothing dimcurve modification. Global keypad can be used to control multiple zones arranged throughout a structure to switch between a natural show that emulates outdoor sunlight conditions to a panic show when an intruder is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Ketra, LLC
    Inventors: Nav Sooch, Horace C. Ho, Rebecca Frank, Jason E. Lewis, Ryan Matthew Bocock
  • Patent number: 10601416
    Abstract: A gate drive device for driving a plurality of semiconductor devices connected in parallel to each other includes a constant current circuit, a plurality of switching element, and a drive controller. The constant current circuit supplies a constant current to respective gates of the plurality of semiconductor devices. The plurality of switching elements is respectively provided on a plurality of paths that connects the constant current circuit and the respective gates of the plurality of semiconductor devices. The drive controller controls driving of the plurality of switching elements to supply the constant current from the constant current circuit to the respective gates of the plurality of semiconductor devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasutaka Senda
  • Patent number: 10571868
    Abstract: A system to interrupt the line or supply side power or charged system of any building, appliance, process, and the like, so as to render the system without charge or current output outside of the junction box/enclosure or equipment load supply connection so that emergency first responders or solar/any technician, authorized personnel in any field, system maintenance crew may avoid electrocution, chemical or machine/appliance hazard in the presence of fire, explosion, structural failure/compromise, moisture, flammables, caustics, hazmat, water stream, mist, fogging, physical damage or servicing of the system. The system can be engaged for any anticipated disaster such as fire, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Chuck McCune
  • Patent number: 10555390
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include a lighting fixture(s), a computer program product and a computer-implemented method that include program code executed by a processor(s) that obtains a request to implement a specified lighting pattern in the lighting fixture(s). Each lighting fixture includes effect lighting communicatively coupled to the processor(s) and functional lighting (oriented to illuminate a surface below the lighting fixture) communicatively coupled to the processor(s). The program code identifies the specified lighting pattern in a memory communicatively coupled to the processor(s), which includes a sequence for illuminating a portion of the effect lighting elements. The processor(s) executes the specified lighting pattern in the lighting fixture(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew Schuyler, Chad Recore, Gaetano Ling, Elger Oberwelz, Courtney Song, Tobias Toft, Aaron Wansch, Brian Wong, Joseph Fledderman
  • Patent number: 10548264
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a horticultural light system for use in a greenhouse where aspects of ambient light in the greenhouse are measured and compared against a prescribed light recipe. A light controller commands a light fixture contained within the greenhouse to augment the ambient light in response to the comparison. Photosynthetic photon flux, light intensity, color temperature and color spectrum among other aspects of light generated by the light fixture are altered by the controller to fill in deficiencies of the ambient light as compared to the prescribed light recipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Illum Horticulture LLC
    Inventors: Stephen P. Adams, Darin M. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 10549167
    Abstract: A system, device, and method are provided herein for remotely trigger a light on an awareness article. In some embodiments, the awareness article is a vest used by football players where a plurality of awareness vests are in electronic communication with an electronic device. A coach can control activation of the light on each awareness vest such that, for example, a quarterback can throw a football to the person wearing the awareness vest with the activated light. Various other aspects of the system, device, and method are described herein, and other applications of the awareness vest can include other sports such as soccer and hockey, dog training such as hunting and schutzhund, and military training such as war games, target practice, and enemy identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Vision Group, LLC
    Inventor: Michael R. Moylen
  • Patent number: 10511339
    Abstract: A cell type power supply device includes: a housing having a shape and dimensions based on a cell standard; a cell holder including an inner positive terminal and an inner negative terminal that are brought into contact with front and rear terminals of the external cell held in the housing; an outer positive terminal connected to the inner positive terminal; an outer negative terminal connected to the inner negative terminal; an output transistor interposed between the inner negative terminal and the outer negative terminal or between the inner positive terminal and the outer positive terminal; a control circuit that generates a control signal of the output transistor in accordance with a signal received via an antenna; and a detection resister interposed between the inner negative terminal and the outer negative terminal or between the inner positive terminal and the outer positive terminal in parallel with the output transistor to change a voltage of the outer negative terminal or the outer positive termina
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: NOVARS INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Koyama, Akihiro Okabe, Tetsuya Nobe
  • Patent number: 10504350
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method including: detecting, using a motion detection device, a movement at a first location; responsive to the detecting, turning on at least one light source at the first location; and responsive to the detection, turning on at least one other light source at a second location; wherein the first location is separately networked from the second location. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Arnold S. Weksler, Nathan J. Peterson, John Carl Mese, Russell Speight VanBlon
  • Patent number: 10477646
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and techniques are provided for operating a display and/or an illumination source based upon the direction of a user's gaze and/or a desired illumination level in a monitored area. One or more elements may be controlled with sensor input and application lighting preferences. For example, when a user receives a video call, light may be activated to illuminate their face. When the user is looking at the display, the display will be at the brightness necessary for the lighting conditions. When the user looks away from the screen, the screen may dim further and the lighting elements for the desk can brighten. Similarly, embodiments may adjust the lighting in a monitored location based upon lighting levels identified in other areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Universal Display Corporation
    Inventors: Emory Krall, Ruiqing Ma, Michael Hack, Eoin Billings, Duncan Jackson
  • Patent number: 10467967
    Abstract: A control circuit of a driving circuit of a backlight LED is provided. The driving circuit includes a DC/DC converter that supplies a driving current to the backlight LED. The control circuit includes a pulse signal generating circuit configured to switch between a quasi-resonant mode and a continuous current mode to generate a pulse signal based on a selected mode and a driver configured to drive the DC/DC converter based on the pulse signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masao Yonemaru, Kenichi Fukumoto
  • Patent number: 10468225
    Abstract: An electron source, e.g. for a free electron laser used for EUV lithography comprises: • a cathode (203) configured to be connected to a negative potential (100, 101); • a laser (110) configured to direct pulses of radiation onto the cathode so as to cause the cathode to emit bunches of electrons; • an RF booster (180) connected to an RF source and configured to accelerate the bunches of electrons; and • a timing corrector (303, 313, 400, 401) configured to correct the time of arrival of bunches of electrons at the RF booster relative to the RF voltage provided by the RF source. The timing corrector may comprise a correction electrode (303, 313) surrounding a path of the bunches of electrons from the cathode to the RF booster and a correction voltage source (400, 401) configured to apply a correction voltage to the correction electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Andrey Alexandrovich Nikipelov, Gerrit Jacobus Hendrik Brussaard, Wouter Joep Engelen
  • Patent number: 10440790
    Abstract: An electronic display system having an electronic display with illumination control, wherein illumination control may be based on one or both of the system operating temperature and a light ratio defined as the ratio of ambient light to light emitted by an illumination means of the electronic display. When adjusting the emitted light level of the illumination means, some exemplary system embodiments may consider temperature only, some embodiments may consider light ratio only, and some embodiments may consider both temperature and light ratio. Sensors may be provided to measure system operating temperature, as well as ambient light level and illumination means light output. Illumination control is provided by using a controller to adjust the output of a power source that supplies electrical energy to the illumination means if the temperature and/or light ratio falls outside of an acceptable range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Manufacturing Resources International, Inc.
    Inventors: William Dunn, John Schuch, David Williams
  • Patent number: 10412812
    Abstract: A street lamp controller comprises a switch configured to turn on and turn off a street lamp, a control module adapted to control the turning on and turning off of the switch, a detection module adapted to detect a data element relevant to operation of the street lamp, a data acquisition module connected to the detection module and adapted to acquire the data element detected by the detection module, and a wireless transmission module. The wireless transmission module communicates with a server and is adapted to transmit the data element acquired by the data acquisition module to the server and receive a control instruction sent from the server. The control module is adapted to communicate with the server via the wireless transmission module and is adapted to control the street lamp based on the control instruction received by the wireless transmission module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., TE Connectivity Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Song Xue, Lizhang Yang, Michael John Baker, Andrew Jay Thompson
  • Patent number: 10386054
    Abstract: A device, system, and method for illumination of a bottle or other vessel. A bottle or vessel may be illuminated using lighting elements disposed in a label that is controlled by a detachable control unit which is configured to sit inside an indentation of the vessel or otherwise below the vessel. The control unit may communicate with other control units and may be configured to display lighting patterns in response to instructions that may be programmed prior to the control unit being attached to the vessel, or in response to instructions sent to the control unit after it has been attached to the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Sky Capital Technology Limited
    Inventor: Leighton Makoto Ige
  • Patent number: 10386052
    Abstract: A luminaire includes a phosphor that emits non-coherent, visible light when excited, a laser diode that emits a laser beam to excite the phosphor, and a driver that outputs electrical DC power at or above the voltage level necessary to drive the laser diode. The current output from the driver to the laser diode is modulated with a code, preferably a random generated code. A visible light sensor detects light emitted from the phosphor and provides a feedback signal, which contains the code under normal operation. If the proper code is not detected in the feedback signal, power output to the laser diode is immediately ceased or reduced to a level safe for the human eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: TRIDONIC GMBH & CO KG
    Inventor: Karl Jonsson
  • Patent number: 10362654
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus includes first and second light emitting areas, a color temperature controller, and a balance circuit. The first light emitting area includes first light-emitting arrays connected in series and outputs light of a first color temperature. The second light emitting area includes second light-emitting arrays connected in series and connected to the first light emitting area in parallel. The second light-emitting arrays output light of a second color temperature different from the first color temperature. The color temperature controller is selectively connected to at least one of an input node of the first light emitting area and an input node of the second light emitting area. The color temperature controllers determines an on/off state of the first and second light emitting areas. The balance circuit is connected to at least one of the first and second light emitting areas in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Cheol Bong, Min Soo Han, Hyun Jung Kim, Kil Yoan Chung
  • Patent number: 10349494
    Abstract: Lighting units, systems, and methods are described herein for determining whether occupancy detections are legitimate or not. Methods and systems are further described herein for powering down a network of power over ethernet (PoE) components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Jurgen Mario Vangeel, Mark Henricus Verberkt, Peter Fitski
  • Patent number: 10342102
    Abstract: A fixture configuration module comprises range control circuitry and fixture control circuitry. The range control circuitry is configured to store a range of a lighting parameter. The range identifies at least a subset of values of the lighting parameter supported by the light fixture to produce light. The fixture control circuitry is communicatively coupled to the range control circuitry and is configured to control the light fixture to produce the light in accordance with the range stored by the range control circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: CREE, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Bowser, John Roberts, Kory Liszt, Michael James Harris, Paul Pickard
  • Patent number: 10327303
    Abstract: A method for controlling a chromaticity of total light provided by a lighting system includes detecting the total light by a sensor system, determining a component of the total light that is attributable to uncontrolled light, and selecting a calibration for a sensor based on the uncontrolled light, and using the calibration to adjust the output of the sensor system. The calibration tables may be based on spectral responsivity of the sensors in the sensor system and calibration functions rather than physical light sources. Relative intensities of controllable light sources having different xy values are then adjusted to cause the total light provided by the lighting system to approximate a target chromaticity. A daylighting system implementing this method includes controllable light sources with different xy values. The intensities of the controllable light sources are adjusted to augment sunlight to control the chromaticity of total light provided by the daylighting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: Bernhard Siessegger, Richard C. Garner, Helmar Adler
  • Patent number: 10317284
    Abstract: Systems and methods for characterizing solid state lighting devices are provided. In certain examples, systems and methods for measuring various parameters of light emitting diodes (LEDs), characterizing each LED based on the measured parameters and selecting one or more of the characterized LEDs such that the emitted light from each of the selected LEDs is mixed with the light from the other selected LEDs to create a desired overall light output are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: David John Rector, T. Warren Weeks, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10293746
    Abstract: Method for operating an interior lighting device for a motor vehicle, comprising a lighting device and a sensor device, which senses a position of an operator control object for the lighting device in its sensing area, wherein the lighting device is controlled on the basis of sensor data from the sensor device, wherein the lighting device has multiple actuatable lighting units that each have an associated local section defined in the sensing area, wherein when an operator control object is detected in a local section, the associated lighting unit is activated and activated lighting units not associated with the local section are deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HELLA GMBH & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Jürgen Heinrich, David Allouis, Stefan Kowatzki, Wolfgang Wörmann
  • Patent number: 10297909
    Abstract: An antenna device implemented to prevent the deterioration in radiation performance due to a metal mechanical part and an electronic device including the same is provided. The electronic device includes a metal member in a shape of a loop that is disposed in at least one area of the electronic device and a substrate (printed circuit board (PCB)) for supplying power to a preset location of the metal member in order to use the metal member as an antenna radiator, wherein at least one location of the metal member that differs from the power-supplied location is grounded through the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae-Young Kim, Yoon-Jae Lee, In-Young Lee, Won-Seok Jeong, Sang-Hoon Choi, Brian Cheon
  • Patent number: 10285249
    Abstract: A lighting system controller (11) configured to control at least one controllable luminaire (43), the lighting system controller comprising: a task definer (101) configured to define at least one task to be performed; a status determiner (103) configured to determine a status of the at least one task based on sensor data received from at least one device (21) physically separated from the lighting system controller (11); and a control signal controller (107) configured to output at least one lighting system signal to the at least one controllable luminaire (43) based on the status determiner (103).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Jonathan David Mason, Dzmitry Viktorovich Aliakseyeu, Sanae Chraibi, Remco Magielse
  • Patent number: 10264657
    Abstract: A lighting fixture includes an LED light source that outputs light for general illumination in response to a drive signal, and a driver module configured to provide the drive signal in response to an intelligent lighting module (ILM) instruction. An ILM that is separate from the driver module is provided and has a first plurality of sensors, a first communication interface, a second communication interface, and first control circuitry. The control circuitry of the ILM is configured to communicate with at least one remote entity via the first communication interface as well as generate the ILM instruction for the driver module based on sensor data gathered from the first plurality of sensors, remote entities, or a combination thereof. The ILM instruction is provided to the driver module via the second communication interface and used by the driver module to control the drive signal for the LED array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventors: Kory Liszt, Donald Walker
  • Patent number: 10235967
    Abstract: To provide a more pleasant use sensation to users. Provided is an information processing device including: a user information acquisition unit configured to acquire user information based on a state of a user who views a display region; and a light emission control unit configured to control light emission of a light emission control region around a content display region that is a region in which content is displayed within the display region based on the user information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kae Nagano, Yusuke Sakai
  • Patent number: 10212784
    Abstract: A control system including a plurality of high voltage devices grouped into a plurality of zones including a first zone and a second zone, a plurality of low voltage devices, wherein a first low voltage device is associated with the first zone and a second low voltage device is associated with the second zone, and a central control module. The central control module includes a first low voltage connection for receiving at least one first control signal from at least one of the low voltage devices and a high voltage connection for providing at least one second control signal to at least one of the high voltage devices. The central control module is configured to determine a daylight conversion factor based on the at least one control signal. Wherein the at least one second control signal is based at least in part on the daylight conversion factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Stuart Middleton-White, Gregory Smith, Robert Martin, Thomas J. Hartnagel, Theodore Eric Weber, Mike Crane, Terry Arbouw, Dawn R. Kack, David J. Rector
  • Patent number: 10197899
    Abstract: A discharge lamp driver includes a discharge lamp drive unit, a control unit, and a voltage detection part. When an inter-electrode voltage is smaller than a first predetermined value, the control unit controls the discharge lamp drive unit to provide a mixed period in which a first period and a second period are alternately repeated and a third period alternately including a first direct-current period and a second direct-current period. A length of the first direct-current period is larger than a length of the second direct-current period. The length of the second direct-current period is smaller than 0.5 ms. A total of the lengths of the first direct-current periods in the third period is larger than a length of the second period. When the inter-electrode voltage is smaller than the first predetermined value, the control unit is configured to increase the length of the third period in a stepwise manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Kito, Shun Sato
  • Patent number: 10196855
    Abstract: A sensor assembly comprises a housing having a major face and a side edge. The side edge is formed of a material that is capable of conducting light. A photosensitive element is positioned within the housing and facing the major face of the housing. A reflector is positioned within the housing. The reflector is shaped to direct light entering through the side edge onto the photosensitive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Edward J. Blair, Stephen Lundy, Brandon L. Szoke, David A. Kirby
  • Patent number: 10193622
    Abstract: A processor receives data associated with a device. On the basis of the data associated with the device, the processor modulates a light from the artificial light source at a rate imperceptible to a human eye while detectable by a light sensor device. The modulated light is representative of the data associated with the device. The modulated light is detected, demodulated, and decoded by the light sensor device to retrieve the data associated with the device. Further, the data associated with the device is presented by the light sensor device to a user. In addition, the light sensor device is configured to receive input data from the user and communicate the input data to the processor via a wireless link. The processor is configured to receive the input data from the light sensor device and effect a change in a characteristic of the device based on the received input data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Kenneth Dale Walma, Jr., Brian Elwell
  • Patent number: 10183481
    Abstract: A multi-spectrum screen exposure system for curing printing emulsions, including an enclosure with a platen that is transmissive to at least some ultraviolet wavelengths of light, a cover shiftable between an open orientation wherein the platen is accessible to an operator and a closed orientation wherein the platen is covered and inaccessible to the operator, a light emitting diode illumination (LED) light source assembly supported within the enclosure and oriented to direct illumination toward the platen, the light emitting diode illumination light source assembly emitting at least some light in the ultraviolet wavelengths, and a control unit operably coupled to the light emitting diode illumination light source assembly by which the light emitting diode illumination light source assembly can be operated in a controlled fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Shawn McPherson
  • Patent number: 10182279
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a light bulb speaker system. The light bulb speaker system includes a housing having an open end and a partially closed end. A coaxial main speaker is positioned proximal to the open end, a first assistant speaker and a second assistant speaker are positioned between the open end and the partially closed end within the housing. The first and second assistant speakers are mounted so that they face perpendicular to a central axis of the light bulb speaker. The system also includes a light source component mounted within an annular frame, the light source proximally mounted within the housing towards the open end. The housing includes a plurality of speaker holes positioned on opposing sides so that the first and the second assistant speaker are configured to align with the plurality of the speaker holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: Alexander Zhou, Ashley Tang, Aaron Tang, Ruochuan Tang
  • Patent number: 10176676
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention relate to an OLED bank teller carrel with an integrated QST. The bank teller carrel may include a user-facing counter. The bank teller carrel may include an OLED screen embedded in the counter. The OLED screen may include an array of OLEDs. The array of OLEDs may be configured to display information. The OLED screen may include a software chip. The software chip may include a processor and a memory. The OLED screen may include touch screen capabilities. The touch screen capabilities may be configured to receive user input via human touch. The OLED screen may include biometric characteristic receipt film. The biometric characteristic receipt film may be configured to capture at least one biometric characteristic of a customer. The OLED screen may include a communication circuit. The communication circuit may configured to receive information from information hubs and transmit information to information hubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventor: Tammy L. Wallace
  • Patent number: 10165660
    Abstract: A low-voltage controller (LVC) is configured to utilize a low-voltage signal to operate a high-voltage load, such as, for example, a lamp. The LVC is configured to receive a low-voltage step signal at a switch input. The LVC has a line input for connection to a source of power at a line voltage and a load output for connection to a load, and a dimmer for setting an intensity of the load. Subsequent step signals alter the intensity of the load. A method for low-voltage control of a lamp is provided. A method includes the steps of receiving a first switch signal at a switch input of an LVC; setting the lamp to a first intensity; receiving a second switch signal at the switch input; and setting the lamp to a second intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Curbell Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward Wilkolaski
  • Patent number: 10158199
    Abstract: A power cord is described that includes “in-line” power control functionality. The power control functionality may selectively enable or disable a flow of electrical current through the power cord and/or selectively control an amount of electrical current that is permitted to flow through the power cord. The power control functionality may be activated and/or controlled through the receipt of control signals from an external device. The power cord may be configured to monitor the state of an electronic device to which it is connected and selectively activate and/or modify the operation of the power control functionality in response to the detection of a particular state of the electronic device. The power cord may also be configured to receive and analyze sensor data, and based at least on the analysis, selectively activate and/or modify the operation of the power control functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: John J. Siegler
  • Patent number: 10145525
    Abstract: A daylighting device includes a photo-voltaic (PV) device that is mounted in or proximate to the daylighting device that provides sunlight to a service area. The PV device generates a power signal from incident sunlight. The power signal provides operational power to circuitry associated with the daylighting device, such as a transmitter that transmits a value representing the intensity of light on or near the daylighting device. This signal, which is generated either from the power signal or from a signal provided by a photosensor mounted in or proximate to the daylighting device, may be used by a control system to adjust light levels provided by artificial light sources to supplement the sunlight provided by the daylighting device to approach the desired light level in the service area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Peter Shannin, Audwin Cash
  • Patent number: 10146358
    Abstract: A touch sensing display including a carrier, a plurality of light emitting devices arranged in an array on the carrier, a driving unit electrically connected to the light emitting devices and a processing unit electrically connected to the light emitting devices and the driving unit is provided. The driving unit is configured to control the light emitting devices, so as to make a first part of the light emitting devices emit a first light. A second part of the light emitting devices are configured to receive a second light which is related to an object, and the processing unit is configured to determine a location of the object touching or approaching the carrier according to the electrical changes generated by the light emitting devices, which sense the second light, of the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: PlayNitride Inc.
    Inventors: Yun-Li Li, Kuan-Yung Liao, Po-Jen Su
  • Patent number: 10135366
    Abstract: The electromagnetic field generator includes a shell, an electrostatic generator, a power plant, a thermoelectric generator, and an electric motor. The shell has embedded polycrystalline ferroelectric ceramic material which is polarized such that the ceramic material exhibits strong Piezoelectric Effect properties thus inducing high frequency vibrations. The shell may be further doped with radioactive elements which under high frequency vibrations induce gamma ray emission. The electrostatic generator is for charging up the shell and is disposed within the shell. The power plant is to generate thermal power, and is disposed within the sphere. The thermoelectric generator is to convert the thermal power generated by the power plant to electrical energy. The electric motor powered by the electrical energy generated by the thermoelectric generator, and supplies input voltage such that the shell spins at high angular speeds, vibrates at high frequencies, and generates an electromagnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Salvatore Pais
  • Patent number: 10136506
    Abstract: An adjustable LED lighting system includes a plurality of LEDs, at least one driver, and a programmable signal generator to control a drive frequency. The signal generator includes a clock, an input module to receive commands for driving the LEDs, and a frequency adjustment module to drive the frequency of the one or more LEDs. The LEDS are driven at a target or specified frequency for a time period that is specified with a start time and/or an end time. The LED lighting system allows for a variable frequency of outputs during different time periods and/or in response to specific use commands. The LED lighting system includes one or more target frequencies for one or more target time periods. The LED lighting system stores the target frequencies and target time periods and make the frequency modifications at the user-specified times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dynotron, Inc.
    Inventor: James Saffari
  • Patent number: 10136502
    Abstract: A controller comprising: an output for controlling one or more outdoor lighting device to illuminate an outdoor environment; an input for receiving temperature information from a temperature sensor comprising a plurality of temperature sensing elements; and a control module. The control module is configured to: use the temperature information received from the temperature sensor to detect motion in a sensing region of the temperature sensor and control the one or more lighting device based on the detected motion, and additionally use the temperature information received from the temperature sensor to detect conditions of the environment in the sensing region and further control the one or more lighting device based on the detected conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Harry Broers, Ruben Rajagopalan